FILMS + SCREENINGS
June 17th - June 20th
Many Film Screenings Throughout the Festival
1856 NY-392, Cortland, NY 13045
The 2021 Blackbird Film Festival includes 104 films, most short form (less than 15 minutes) along with 10 features (70+ minutes). Whether you like exciting action, heartbreaking romances, wacky comedies, terrifying monsters or thought provoking documentaries, Blackbird is sure to feature something for you! Scroll down to view the full line up of outdoor daytime film screenings featured this season.
All Screenings are FREE and Open to the Public
Daytime film screenings will take place outside under large screening tents at the festival.
Click HERE to view a list of evening Drive-In Screenings.
MEMORIES OF THE MISSING
Friday, June 18th at 1:30pm • Screen A
A dramatically haunting collection of films remembering those long lost souls who are no longer with us - this block will bring a bit of mystery to your life. Moderated Q&A with filmmakers to follow the screening.
MUSIC OF LIFE
Friday, June 18th at 3:00pm • Screen B
This incredibly heartfelt mix of short films explores the many ways music shapes our lives and connects our souls - for good or for bad - Don’t Miss This One! Moderated Q&A with filmmakers to follow the screening.
Friday, June 18th at 4:30pm • Screen A
Invisible Hand is a “paradigm shifting” documentary about the creation of ‘Rights of Nature.’ The defining battle of our times where nature, democracy and capitalism face off against Nature's Rights.
Saturday, June 19th at 10:00am • Screen A
A wonderful collection of short films about characters who break the mold, follow their dreams and become the beautiful people they were meant to be. Moderated Q&A with filmmakers to follow the screening.
Saturday, June 19th at 10:00am • Screen B
Finding friends isn’t always easy - these short films present a number of ways in which people are struggling to make connections these days. Moderated Q&A with filmmakers to follow the screening.
BLACK STORIES, BLACK VOICES
Saturday, June 19th at 12:00pm • Screen A
A collection of short films by BIPOC writers and directors focused on modern and historical injustices that effect us all and highlight the need for change. Moderated Q&A with filmmakers to follow the screening.
BECOMING A GUIDE
Saturday, June 19th at 12:00pm • Screen B
Becoming a Guide follows Bianca and Finn, the two main characters, as they come to grips with the various skills required for mountain guiding and the challenges they present.
THE ART OF DISSENT
Saturday, June 19th at 2:00pm • Screen B
The Art of Dissent is a feature documentary celebrating the resilience and power of artistic engagement in Czechoslovakia before and after the 1968 Soviet-led invasion.
HELLO, KIND STRANGER
Saturday, June 19th at 3:00pm • Screen A
This heartwarming mix of short films features stories of strangers helping strangers and is sure to leave you feeling optimistic about the future. Moderated Q&A with filmmakers to follow the screening.
Saturday, June 19th at 4:30pm • Screen B
Triple Threat is a feature film about three best friends-on the verge of their Broadway debut who's relationship is put to the test when diverging dreams meet the realities of adulthood.
MOTHER & CHILD
Saturday, June 19th at 5:00pm • Screen A
Becoming a mother is complicated - this collection of short films focuses on the many aspects of motherhood - the good, the bad and everything in between. Moderated Q&A with filmmakers to follow the screening.
Saturday, June 19th at 7:00pm • Screen A
From alternative realities, abstract storytelling and apocalyptic futures, this block of short films will take you for a ride and make you wonder what lies ahead. Moderated Q&A with filmmakers to follow.
HURDLES OF THE HEART
Saturday, June 19th at 7:00pm • Screen B
From finding love to losing love - this beautiful collection of short films will put your heart through a lot as characters navigate complicated relationships. Moderated Q&A with filmmakers to follow the screening.
THE CELINE ARCHIVE
Sunday, June 20th at 10:00am • Screen B
Adulteress, traitor, heroine, or prey? In 1932, Celine Navarro was buried alive by her community in Northern California. This gripping documentary digs up her story.
INSANE IN THE MEMBRANE
Sunday, June 20th at 11:00am • Screen A
Not gonna lie, you’ll probably feel a little weird after watching this mix of unsettling films featuring characters who don’t quite have their heads on right... Moderated Q&A with filmmakers to follow the screening.
ON THE FRONTLINES
Sunday, June 20th at 12:00pm • Screen B
This powerful collection of short films highlights those who serve on the frontlines - doctors, teachers, scientists, etc. and the important role they play. Moderated Q&A with filmmakers to follow the screening.
Sunday, June 20th at 1:00pm • Screen A
Don’t be fooled, all of these short films are out to get you! A fun and funky mix of stories featuring that twist ending we all love so much and never saw coming. Moderated Q&A with filmmakers to follow.
Sunday, June 20th at 2:00pm • Screen B
These films will make you want to laugh but you’ll feel strange letting out a chuckle as they all take a very light hearted approach to death and dying... Moderated Q&A with filmmakers to follow the screening.
LITTLE TROUBLE MAKERS
Sunday, June 20th at 3:00pm • Screen A
The title of this block pretty much sums it up - this mix of superfun, coming-of-age, films features stories of mischievous young people getting into trouble! Moderated Q&A with filmmakers to follow.
THE GOOD DAD
Sunday, June 20th at 4:00pm • Screen B
Being a “good” dad ain’t easy as the fathers in these short films will demonstrate as they struggle to figure out how to connect with their kids and family... Moderated Q&A with filmmakers to follow.
Sunday, June 20th at 5:00pm • Screen A
The story of three migrants leave home in their teens to embark on a years-long journey to Spain. Their ambitious dreams keep their hope alive in this remarkable and inspiring story of resilience.
Sunday, June 20th at 6:30pm • Screen B
When retired singer Celeste asks stepson Jack back to his family property for an impossible favor, the secrets that drove them apart explode back into rhapsodic life.
Sunday, June 20th at 7:00pm • Screen A
All the characters in these short films are haunted by something dark and mysterious. Definitely a great block for those who enjoy a little scare in their life. Moderated Q&A with filmmakers to follow.